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Business in Argentina: Understanding Emerging Markets

Understanding emerging markets is key ​to​ identify​ ​new business opportunities and obtain the tools to navigate their specific characteristics. This program ​aims to​ provid​e​ Argentinian and International MBA students with:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the Latin American business environment;
  • a broad knowledge about the specifics related to Argentina and its culture; and,
  • international networking opportunities.

The program is fully taught in English by UTDT's faculty, who are recognized experts in their fields. Comprised of three intensive, consecutive modules, each lasting one week, "Business in Argentina: Understanding Emerging Markets" has a flexible design that allows participants to take one, two or the three courses together.

Program Structure

Each module comprises 33 contact hours, taught from Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am to 7 pm. Students have 75 minutes for lunch and two short breaks during the day.

An orientation program and city tour are offered to new participants each Monday.

Students are expected to attend at least 80% of lectures and to pass a mini test and final exam in each module.

Program dates and course abstracts:

Module 1

"Advanced Finance for Strategists"

Prof. Luis Pereiro, Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance), ESEADE, Argentina


January, 8 - 11

Module 2

"International Business Strategies: Challenges and Opportunities in Emerging Markets"

Prof. María Rita Blanco, Ph.D. (c) in Business Administration, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.


January, 15 - 18

Module 3

"Operations Strategy and Emerging Markets"

Prof. Santiago Kraiselburd, Doctor of Business Administration, Technology and Operations Management, Harvard Business School.


January, 23 - 26

Module 4

"International Marketing and Emerging Markets"

Prof. Jorge Almada, Ph. D.(c) in Social Sciences, FLACSO.


January, 29 - February 1

Application requirements

Only MBA students will be accepted to this program. To apply please submit to

  1. Application form
  2. All of the following documents in one single .pdf file:
    • Transcript of records
    • CV (resume)
    • Scan of a recent passport picture
    • Scan of identification page of passport
    • Signed Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Responsibility form (download)
  3. Application deadline: September 15, 2017

  4. The acceptance decision will be communicated via email within three weeks of the application deadline.

Travel arrangements and housing

Each participant must arrange and cover the costs of international and local transportation, accommodation, meals, health insurance, travel documents and personal expenses.

A list of suggested accommodations will be​ sent to accepted students.


Tuition per module: USD 2000 (waived for PIM partners).


An awesome experience that provided a great insight to Latin America. The modules were all taught differently, but I learnt a lot about how to look at strategic decisions from a financial perspective, how to understand the Latin American culture and to manage diverse teams, as well as International Business in Argentina & Latin America. Di Tella´s staff were helpful and always went out of their way to help me and make me feel at home. It was an experience I will never forget!

Mary Jane Kivalu
Otago Business School,
University of Otago
New Zealand

The course was very insightful and challenging, with a good range of case studies. I will be using a lot of this theory with the companies I deal with. The lecturer was great and very passionate; I really enjoyed him. Having local students in the class was a plus, as well as the support the University´s staff gave us.

Matthew Topp
UNSW Business School

The faculty and staff at UTDT did a fantastic job of ensuring that students had a great academic and social experience in Buenos Aires. They were always available for questions and went above and beyond to make sure we had a true Argentinian experience. I had a fantastic time at the school and truly learned a lot. Couldn’t have asked for a more lovely experience and would recommend anyone interested in learning about business in South America to come!

Christine Bequai
Kelley School of Business,
Indiana University


When will know if I have been accepted?

Within three weeks of the application deadline you will receive an acceptance letter.

How many students will be attending each module?

A minimum of 10 students is required to open each module. The maximum enrollment per module is 40 students.

Is the program only for international students?

No. UTDT MBA students will also be joining this program.

Will the University issue a transcript for participants?

Yes, a transcript will be issued and sent to the home institution within a month of program completion.

Who should I contact for further information about this program?

Please contact Alex Markman at


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About Prof. Luis Pereiro

Luis holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance) from ESEADE (Argentina) and an MBA from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

He is an expert in international finance, corporate valuation and new venture financing. From 2004 through 2009 he held the Rust Endowed Visiting Professor Chair of Business Administration at Darden Business School, University of Virginia, United States. He currently holds a dual appointment at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and at HEC School of Management in Paris (France), where he teaches and does research on Corporate Finance. His international teaching experience also includes appointments at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Arizona State University.

His research has been published in: Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Private Equity, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Emerging Markets Review and Venture Capital.

His book, "Valuation of Companies in Emerging Markets” (Wiley, 2002) is a reference to investors and risk capitalists around the world. He has over 25 years of experience as consultant in businesses in Latin America, China, Europe and the United States.

About Prof. María Rita Blanco

Maria Rita holds a degree in Business Administration and Public Accountant from Universidad Católica Argentina (Argentina), a Master in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from London School of Economics (England) and she is a Ph.D. candidate in Business Administration from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Her professional experience includes having worked in HR for more than twenty years, in MNCs and local firms, with national and regional scope, assigned as an expat to Brazil and UK.

She does research in the field of talent management in Latin America and individual and organizational career management. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Human Resource Management among other renowned publications.

About Prof. Santiago Kraiselburd

Dr. Santiago Kraiselburd is responsible for business development, knowledge creation, people development and leadership in client facing engagements on Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing & Procurement. Although Santiago has focused on the Consumer Goods industry, he has also served clients in a wide arrange of industries such as Agribusiness, Airline, Automotive, Chemicals, Oil & Gas, etc. In addition to INCAE, Santiago is an Adjunct Professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina), and teaches at the Zaragoza Logistics Center (Spain), both in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) International Logistics Program and at the Spanish Masters program.

Dr. Kraiselburd received a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Harvard University, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), and an Electronic Engineering degree specialized in Microprocessors from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina). Dr. Kraiselburd has taught/led research through various appointments at the University of Chicago (USA), Harvard University (USA), IE Business School (Spain), INCAE (Costa Rica), the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (México, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina), the University of Southern California (USA), the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina), the University of Toronto (Canada) and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He has written numerous cases and articles published both in academic journals such as Production and Operations Management (POM), Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE), Harvard Deusto Business Review and Supply Chain Quarterly.

About Prof. Jorge Almada

Jorge is Ph.d. (candidate) in Social Sciences at FLACSO (Argentina). His undergraduate studies are in Electrical Engineering (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Argentina) and he holds an MBA from IDEA (Argentina) and graduate studies in Strategic Marketing from the University of San Diego (USA).

He has extensive professional experience in International Operations for Latin America, Marketing/Sales Trade Marketing, Consumer Marketing, Market & Customer Development, Supply Chain Management, Telecommunications and related Technologies in companies such as Coca-Cola, AT&T, NCR, International Gaming Technology and Bally Gaming and Systems.

He currently teaches at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; ITBA; Universidad Nacional de La Plata; Universidad de Palermo; Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina); Escuela International Focus (Colombia); Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Ecuador). He also Works as academic and independent consultant.

Advanced Finance for Strategists

An international expansion, the leap into a new technology, a company acquisition or a merger, the sale of a subsidiary—all are strategic moves that have an enormous impact on shareholder value. This advanced seminar explains how CEOs can accurately gauge the financial impact of strategic decisions by using cutting-edge simulation tools. Participants will learn:


An MBA-level course on Corporate Finance. Students must be skilled at computing EV, NPV and IRR.

International Business Strategies: Challenges and Opportunities in Emerging Markets

This course is focused on learning and developing talent management and self-knowledge skills for successfully working in diverse cultural environments. Special focus is placed on Argentinian and Latin American specific traits and particular challenges.

Main objectives:

Operations Strategy and Emerging Markets

Emerging markets present challenges and opportunities to do business. Their economies are less developed, politics usually play a more dominant role in business, there are more unresolved market failures, and many complementing factors to do business are simply absent.

There are plenty of examples where multinational firms from developed economies struggle to do business in less developed economies. The opposite is also true; it is extremely hard for emerging market firms to internationalize into richer economies. There are many reasons for these challenges, but the most basic idea is that the factors that make a firm competitive in an economy might not be the same in a different environment. Therefore, in order to be successful, the company will need to develop new core competencies; it will have to understand better how developing economies and politics work, and will also have to increase its contextual intelligence and multiculturalism.

This case-based course focuses on these challenges and opportunities. We will analyze international business strategy from an emerging market economic point of view. The topics we will cover include globalization, the rise of multinationals from the developing word, multilatinas, emerging market economics, managing in extremely complex environment, multiculturalism, the role of governments in developing markets, and doing business in Latin America. The course includes lectures, business cases, invited speakers and company visits.